28 Oct 2019 | Emily Friedman
AR+VR Weekly: Samsung AR, WiIT, and Snap's Future
AR/VR Weekly

Catch up on the latest AR+VR highlights, funding news & launch announcements: Week of October 21

Image Source: WiIT


This week, a Samsung patent came to light showing an unreleased augmented reality headset. Such a move would make sense for Samsung as mobile VR dies down. In other news, it looks like Samsung will manufacture custom chips for Facebook's AR glasses. 

Meanwhile, the Women in Immersive Technologies Facebook group has become a veritable non-profit. WiIT had its first round table at this month's AWE EU 2019 and will fight for gender equality in the XR tech world.

Finally, Snap is slowly growing, announcing it added 7 million users in the last quarter, though it's still unprofitable. CEO Evan Spiegel detailed how important AR will be for the company's future in a quarterly earnings call on Tuesday.

Funding News

Sandbox VR raises millions more in celebrity party rount (TechCrunch)

PTC Acquires Onshape CAD Platform (Next Reality)

Launch Announcements

Nreal announces China Unicom partnership to demonstrate 5G-ready MR in 400 retail stores across China (PR Newswire)

HTC announces Cosmos 1.0.7 software is now available in beta (Road to VR)

LG TV Launches AR Home Shopping for South Korean Viewers (VRScout)

Ally Bank Launches AR Marketing Campaign Turning 6 Cities into Live Monopoly Boards (Campaign Live)

Virtuix and HP Present 2020 Omni Arena Esports Series with $100k Prize Pool (VR Fitness Insider)

Auxuman's Drop AI-Generated Album (VRScout)

BBC Closes Its VR Hub as Google Axes Daydream (Fortune)

The Louvre's VR-enabled Leonardo da Vinci Exhibition Opens (The Guardian)

Event Listings

WEARABLE EXPO: February 12-14, 2020 (Tokyo, Japan)

AWE Asia 2020: March 28-29 (Shenzhen, China) Register Now for AWE Asia's Early Bird Pricing: Join as a: Participant or Exhibitor

AWE USA 2020: May 27-29 (Santa Clara, CA) Super Early Bird tickets are already on sale!

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